John Murry announces more UK dates – September

John Murry is having a little galavant around the UK next month which you would have thought is enough to let him put his feet up for the rest of the year but no – he’s back a couple of months after with more dates, kicking things off in Southampton on September 12th and winding his way up and down the country before ending up in Durham on 23rd.  He’s also released a rather fine trailer for the documentary “A Short History of Decay” which you can watch below. Continue reading “John Murry announces more UK dates – September”

Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)

Philip Marino is an American singer-songwriter living in England, Essex to be precise. Here is a simple case of our gain and their loss. Days Like These was recorded in New York’s Catskills Mountains, and produced by a man from the area, Simon Felice. Beautifully produced, as one would expect with Felice having something to do with it, the 5-track release has both Simone and his brother, James Felice contribute. Simon plays drums, percussion and harmony vocals, while James’ harmonium, piano, organ, accordion, synthesizer and harmony vocals form a solid working bass. Anna Sauchuk likewise lends vocal support to Marino (guitar), and doesn’t his guitar sound good. Continue reading “Philip Marino “Days Like These” (Independent, 2017)”

Dan Raza “Pay Day” – Listen

In the wake of the Iraq war, Neil Young featured a stirring song called ‘Every Little Dog’ on his ‘Living With War’ website.  The track was by Indian / British (London based) singer-songwriter Dan Raza, whose debut album in 2012, alongside dates with Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon, Bellowhead, Mary Gauthier and Slaid Cleaves, cemented his place in the UK folk and roots scene and led BBC documentary maker, James Ashley Smith, to create ‘Can’t Go Back’, a short feature film about Raza’s sacrifices and struggles for his musical dreams. Here’s a track from his new self-titled album due out July 7th, a straight up gutsy folk-rock belter.

David Broza “The Set List” (Broza Records 2017)

The stalwart of Isreali musical co-operation and advocacy David Broza has spent his entire career trying to encourage dialogue and co-operation in a land where intolerance is common currency and oppression is a way of life.
This is a retrospective of a 40 yr plus career which has included being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and performing with everyone from Jackson Browne and Townes van Zandt to the Palestinian rapper Muhammad Mughrabi and Steve Earle. Continue reading “David Broza “The Set List” (Broza Records 2017)”

Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest

Apologies for continually posting about festivals 5000 miles away. RS report: “Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Peter Wolf and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will perform in three cities in September as part of the third annual Laid Back festival. Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69, co-founded the event, with the 2017 edition of the festival set to be presented in his honor. The Laid Back lineup is slated to visit Holmdel, NJ (September 21), Hartford, CT (September 23) and Wantagh, NY (September 24). Additional festival dates will be announced this fall. Continue reading “Jackson Browne to honour Gregg Allman at Laid Back Fest”

Old Crow Medicine Show “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde” (Columbia, 2017)

This was always going to be a major undertaking anyway you dice it. Old Crow Medicine Show, all fiddles and banjos, decided to perform Dylan’s iconic “Blonde on Blonde” album in its entirety to mark its 50th anniversary. The members of this band weren’t even born when the original album was recorded! But they’re on record as being huge Dylan fans and that fandom rings through this album loud and clear. First off, it’s worth taking a moment to remember just what an important record Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde is. Continue reading “Old Crow Medicine Show “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde” (Columbia, 2017)”

Sam Baker heads to the UK for dates

Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker whose new album we reviewed in glowing terms last week, is heading to our shores for some dates later this month. Rolling Stone called his last album “Say Grace” one of the 10 best country albums of 2013 and Mojo magazine’s Sylvie Simmons argued that Baker’s songs “are simple on the surface, poetry underneath – hence the Townes Van Zandt comparisons…. Even the songs that don’t quote old gospel standards sound like you’ve always known them.” And we do like to quote old gospel standards. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Sam Baker heads to the UK for dates”

MYATB (Me You & The Boy) “MYATB” (Independent, 2017)

Hmmmm. This is a short EP that gives a taster of the the acoustic guitar-based duo MYATB (Me You & The Boy). Essentially it sounds as if the duo have taken their busking exploits into a studio and captured the live sound. No bad thing if the songs are sufficiently arresting and inventive and the arrangements compelling. However that is not really the case here. The songs themselves do not benefit from an apparently flat production and the performances although musically competent (apart from one guitar break during “Pennypot Lane” wherein the guitarist appears to get lost) do not grab the listener – after a couple of plays the strident vocal delivery begins to irritate. Continue reading “MYATB (Me You & The Boy) “MYATB” (Independent, 2017)”